3 Pros and Cons of Using Appetite Suppressants for Weight Loss

If you are struggling to lose weight than one of your biggest concerns is probably your appetite when people think about obesity the usually imagine a person who is constantly eating big amounts of food however this doesn’t have to be the case in real life

It has been proven that there are multiple reasons for developing obesity, and some of them have nothing to do with food. These are the causes such as genetics, metabolic disorders, taking of certain medications, psychological factors and the most important factor – having a certain disease. This can be a disease connected to insulin resistance, polycystic ovary syndrome etc. Still, if we put aside all the hormonal, genetic and other risks, in the majority of cases, obese people are usually the ones who are physically inactive or who are only partially physically active which is not enough for their food intake on a daily basis. This is usually combined with overeating which is the main problem that needs to be solved, in order for a person to be healthy.

It doesn’t come as a surprise that one of the most googled questions is the question about how to control your appetite and how to regulate the need to consume certain types of food and even more importantly: the amounts of that food.


Research shows that hormones such as insulin leptin ghrelin cortisol and oestrogen along with with several others that are less widely known regulate our appetite and also show the percentage of fat that we will have in our bodies since hormones have such a big impact on on our eating habits then a logical conclusion would be to find a way to fix or make an impact on those hormones if you want to lose weight and eat less or in other words make sure that your appetite is is under control

Some of the first things you might hear when trying to find out how to lose weight are some tips such as: always eat on time and follow a certain schedule, eat smaller portions and therefore trick yourself visually by using smaller plates, don’t skip your breakfast and make your breakfast the most important meal of the day with a high protein intake; along with other tips that are about the ingredients you should be having: omega fats, lots of fibers, and animal protein that helps suppress your ghrelin hormone. Other than this, you might hear that you need to have a good night sleep, exercise regularly etc. In many cases, even if you manage to do all this, it still isn’t enough. This is the moment when appetite suppressants enter the stage.

What are appetite suppressants and how do they work?


As their name reveals, suppressants are either natural or synthetic: supplements, foods or certain methods that can help you stay full for a longer period of time, or that help you keep your appetite under control (or should we say suppress it). Your weight-loss journey is usually a journey with a lot of Pit stops, which is why having something to rely on and to help you along the way might be crucial for success. When it comes to appetite suppressants or supplements that you can use to lose weight or keep your weight under control, they are usually medications that can be prescribed by your doctor and taken to either manage appetite or at least help you feel fuller.

They are pretty controversial since there are both pros and cons of using them, and this is why every individual needs to decide for themselves, if this solution is the right thing or not. However, it’s always a good thing to get informed before you start consuming something. Let’s dive into it:


There are at least 3 pros when it comes to appetite suppressants, and the first one on the list is definitely the fact that they will help you lose weight faster. What does that mean? Research shows that they help, along with certain changes in one’s lifestyle, to lose up to 10% of your weight during one year. This means that suppressants are an element that both psychologically and physically help people lose weight, much faster compared to other methods. Other than losing weight faster and more effortlessly, there are certain health benefits such as help regulate high blood pressure and other heart problems, which has been proven to be the effect after taking these supplements for a while. It seems like the promised percentage of lost pounds provides people with a certain relief when it comes to some health conditions. Finally, they help patients develop healthy (or healthier) habits, since they have something to hold onto. Taking supplements like this brings seriousness to the situation, and motivates patients to stick with their new habits while they’re on the medications such as


But there are also some cons that should be mentioned as well. First of all, appetite suppressants shouldn’t be used for a prolonged period of time. Depending on the type of suppressant, you can use them from a couple of weeks to a couple of months only – with a maximum of one year. However, this is something that should be discussed with your doctor. The first con that should be mentioned is the one about the potential effects on your liver. Just like all the other medications, these meds can cause certain liver problems if taken for a longer period of time or if the person is intolerant. Other than that, there could be some other side effects such as dizziness, cough or insomnia. If any of these symptoms occur, it is recommended to stop using these supplements. The second con that needs to be mentioned is the fact that some of these supplements, could contain (or contain) certain ingredients that are not approved by the FDA, or they don’t contain natural ingredients such as they claim they do. Finally, the biggest con would be the fact that these pills are dangerous because they can cause people to rely on them instead of making certain dietary and exercise changes, and this is especially the case with younger people, or teenagers. Relying solely on suppressants rather than using them as just another tool in the fight against obesity, and without speaking to your doctor, can lead to unwanted consequences.

Written by Philip Goguen

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